Wearing a grey linen shirt – or the virtues o...

October 28th 2016

A style post today, after several product and profile pieces in recent weeks. To break it down into bullets: I love grey shirts, primarily with navy suits or jackets as an alternative to white and blue. It feels urban ...

Wearing a grey linen shirt – or the virtues o...

A style post today, after several product and profile pieces in recent weeks. To break it down into bullets: I love grey shirts, primarily with navy suits or jackets as an alternative to white and blue. It feels urban ...

StyleOctober 28th 2016

The tailors I have known

August 30th 2016

This post was originally written in 2012, following a request from a reader. It was a breakdown of all the tailors I have tried, split into different countries. I have endeavoured to update it now, bringing the li...

The tailors I have known

This post was originally written in 2012, following a request from a reader. It was a breakdown of all the tailors I have tried, split into different countries. I have endeavoured to update it now, bringing the li...

TailorsAugust 30th 2016

Grey shirts with grey suits, at Milan launch

May 5th 2015

Last week was the official launch of the Permanent Style book, with an event in Milan hosted by Vitale Barberis Canonico and A Caraceni. I was interviewed by the fashion editor of La Repubblica, Simone Marchetti, abou...

Grey shirts with grey suits, at Milan launch

Last week was the official launch of the Permanent Style book, with an event in Milan hosted by Vitale Barberis Canonico and A Caraceni. I was interviewed by the fashion editor of La Repubblica, Simone Marchetti, abou...

Shirts - StyleMay 5th 2015

Clothes for a wedding

August 29th 2014

The simplicity of classic wedding attire – in colour, in pattern, in tone – is a reflection of respect for the importance of the event. Business attire, once-upon-a-time, was similarly restrained; but whil...

Clothes for a wedding

The simplicity of classic wedding attire – in colour, in pattern, in tone – is a reflection of respect for the importance of the event. Business attire, once-upon-a-time, was similarly restrained; but whil...

StyleAugust 29th 2014

How to buy my first bespoke suit – reader que...

February 3rd 2014

Dear Simon, In a couple of months time I will be 21. This is clearly an important time in one’s life, in my case particularly as I will also be undertaking the purchase of my first bespoke suit. As a regular reader...

How to buy my first bespoke suit – reader que...

Dear Simon, In a couple of months time I will be 21. This is clearly an important time in one’s life, in my case particularly as I will also be undertaking the purchase of my first bespoke suit. As a regular reader...

Reader questions - ShoesFebruary 3rd 2014

How to dress in hot weather

July 25th 2013

The remarkable heat in London over the past two weeks has led to a few questions from readers as to the best way to stay cool in tailoring. Here are my top five tips. 1 Wear linen Linen is a wonderful cloth: breathable a...

How to dress in hot weather

The remarkable heat in London over the past two weeks has led to a few questions from readers as to the best way to stay cool in tailoring. Here are my top five tips. 1 Wear linen Linen is a wonderful cloth: breathable a...

StyleJuly 25th 2013

Royal warrant holders at the Coronation Festival

July 15th 2013

This past weekend saw the Coronation Festival in the gardens of Buckingham Palace, at which holders of royal warrants exhibited. The royal warrant is not exactly the mark of quality that some might assume, given that it...

Royal warrant holders at the Coronation Festival

This past weekend saw the Coronation Festival in the gardens of Buckingham Palace, at which holders of royal warrants exhibited. The royal warrant is not exactly the mark of quality that some might assume, given that it...

July 15th 2013

The BTBA summer party

July 8th 2013

Friday was the Bespoke Tailors’ Benevolent Association (BTBA, new version of MTBA) summer ball. As per usual there was an eclectic range of outfits, from sober business dress to top hats, cream linen to sequins. ...

The BTBA summer party

Friday was the Bespoke Tailors’ Benevolent Association (BTBA, new version of MTBA) summer ball. As per usual there was an eclectic range of outfits, from sober business dress to top hats, cream linen to sequins. ...

TailoringJuly 8th 2013

Profile piece in How to Spend It, Spain

January 25th 2013

The Spanish version of How to Spend It, Fueria de Serie, interviewed me and did a photo shoot when I visited Jose Maria’s Club Aristocrata last year. The piece came out today. Unless your Spanish is a lot better th...

Profile piece in How to Spend It, Spain

The Spanish version of How to Spend It, Fueria de Serie, interviewed me and did a photo shoot when I visited Jose Maria’s Club Aristocrata last year. The piece came out today. Unless your Spanish is a lot better th...

StyleJanuary 25th 2013

Kent Haste & Lachter linen suit

July 20th 2012

Trying to look natural while eating. Which is impossible The linen suit shown here is my most recent commission, from the sterling outfit that is now Kent Haste & Lachter. There is a blog; there is a group photo on ...

Kent Haste & Lachter linen suit

Trying to look natural while eating. Which is impossible The linen suit shown here is my most recent commission, from the sterling outfit that is now Kent Haste & Lachter. There is a blog; there is a group photo on ...

Suits - TailoringJuly 20th 2012

Kent Haste & Lachter relocate

September 29th 2011

The paint isn’t dry and Stephen is apparently fishing for salmon in the basement, but Kent Haste & Lachter have finally moved to their new premises, at 7 Sackville Street. Next door to Meyer & Mortimer an...

Kent Haste & Lachter relocate

The paint isn’t dry and Stephen is apparently fishing for salmon in the basement, but Kent Haste & Lachter have finally moved to their new premises, at 7 Sackville Street. Next door to Meyer & Mortimer an...

September 29th 2011

Kent Haste & Lachter in The Rake

July 17th 2011

The latest issue of The Rake includes a longer feature than Permanent Style readers will have seen on Kent, Haste & Lachter: The joker of the pack Legendary cutter John Kent, now joined by Terry Haste and Stephen ...

Kent Haste & Lachter in The Rake

The latest issue of The Rake includes a longer feature than Permanent Style readers will have seen on Kent, Haste & Lachter: The joker of the pack Legendary cutter John Kent, now joined by Terry Haste and Stephen ...

TailorsJuly 17th 2011

The stories of Kent Haste & Lachter

November 18th 2010

So many stories. There’s the one about Bing Crosby, who signed every one of John Kent’s golf club covers (they were leather back then) with warm wishes that got shorter and shorter as he made his way through ...

The stories of Kent Haste & Lachter

So many stories. There’s the one about Bing Crosby, who signed every one of John Kent’s golf club covers (they were leather back then) with warm wishes that got shorter and shorter as he made his way through ...

TailorsNovember 18th 2010

Final suit from Toby Luper

September 29th 2010

The last post on this suit was back in March. With both of us being away at various points in the summer, and Toby’s schedule coming down to London from Leeds, we only managed the final fitting in August. As I had ...

Final suit from Toby Luper

The last post on this suit was back in March. With both of us being away at various points in the summer, and Toby’s schedule coming down to London from Leeds, we only managed the final fitting in August. As I had ...

Suits - TailoringSeptember 29th 2010